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Herbs are believed to have been around since the beginning of time, and were extremely important to our ancestors, as medicinal herbs were the only way they had to relieve pain or sickness. Used by the Egyptians to preserve both mummies and their food, herbs were then traded by the Asians and Europeans, and eventually came to America.
Some of the more popular herbs are dill, lavender, oregano, rosemary and thyme. Oregano is a strong tasting, spicy herb used in Italian pasta or pizza, but oil of oregano is also used for medicinal purposes as a natural antibiotic, antifungal, and antiparasitic properties, as well as being helpful for respiratory or gastrointestinal issues. Tasting slightly minty, thyme is often used to season fish, chicken or stuffing, but in Italy is popular in pasta, eggplant or roasted with vegetables. Rosemary will give your meals a slight taste of pine, and will add zing to poultry, bread, lamb and even popcorn!
The newest trend is to use fragrant oil from herbs for relaxation and healing. Lavender has a lovely fragrance and is often blended with soaps, lotions and bath salts, and is a colorful addition to any garden. Edible lavender is generally ground with sugar before use in lemonade or savory cookies.
The best season to plant herb seeds is from March to April in the South, while in the North wait until May or June. Try your hand at herb gardening today from St. Clare’s Heirloom’s wide assortment of both annual and perennial herbs, and start enjoying the amazing benefits of herbs!